Danielle McLaughlin interview: Slow and steady wins the race

The Cork-based novelist puts her stories through as many as 50 or 60 drafts, but what results each time is a perfectly crafted piece of art

13th February, 2021
Danielle McLaughlin interview: Slow and steady wins the race
Danielle McLaughlin: ‘I’m drawn to seeing what happens to a character when they’re at that point where something’s about to go wrong in their life.’ Photo: Clare Keogh

Although Danielle McLaughlin has published only one short story collection to date, Dinosaurs on Other Planets, and will this month publish her debut novel called The Art of Falling, her work reads like that of an old master.

Her details are perfectly plucked, her images crystalline. And there’s a sense that what she’s really saying is tucked between the lines. Whole worlds appear in words she hasn’t written.

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